South Wilts Grammar School is one of three schools in the South in a programme led by scientists at Public Health England, and Oxford University, between October 21 and 23.

The three-day pilot was to evaluate promising technology which can rapidly detect COVID-19. The aim of the process is to reduce the number of people needing to self-isolate and reduce the disruption to the school day.

More than 850 pupils and staff took part, providing researchers with a range of information and insights on how a wider roll-out might best be planned and provided. Learnings will be shared with the NHS Test and Trace Programme so more schools can take part.

Close collaboration between the schools and health professionals made sure everyone who consented was tested.

“There was quite a buzz around the school and thanks to our student and staff for making this such a successful process,” said a spokesperson for South Wilts Grammar School. “We were one of three schools which have taken part in the pilot this week. We, with Poole Grammar School and Sedgehill Academy, have been proud to play our part.”